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This post has been a long time coming….
A while back, I had an opportunity to sit in on a contractor coffee forum hosted by Northwest Fire, the local fire department where I live.
I would like to thank Trina Motto, Public Relations, and others at Northwestfire for helping me with the accuracy of my information. I do, however, ask that you properly verify any information before applying anything in this post. Disclaimer: The information in this post is in no way endorsed by Northwest Fire or nwfirefighter.
Here is some of what I learned at the forum.
One of the things talked about during the forum was a policy modification to the 2012 international fire code section: 1103.5.3.
“The Northwest Fire District has adopted and enforces the 2012 International Fire Code with local amendments that establishes the minimum fire and life safety requirements for a wide range of activities within the District.”
The 2012 International Fire Code (IFC)had previously been amended by NWFD to require an automatic sprinkler system be installed throughout existing buildings or residential occupancies where the square footage of the new *fire area* is greater than 25% of the total fire area of the existing structure and the total fire area (new and existing is not equal to the fire flow required by Appendix B of the code.
*Fire area is the total area under roof including patios, garages, etc. Fire area is the aggregate sum of all floors.*
This has proven to be restrictive and cost prohibitive to homeowners making relatively small modifications and additions to their properties.
Section 1126.96.36.199 was amended to read:
An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout existing one and two family dwellings undergoing a fire area increase where all of the following apply:
1. The square footage of the new fire area is equal to or greater than 50% of the total fire area of the existing structure.
2. The new combined fire area (new and existing) exceeds 3600 square feet.
3. The existing fire flow for the combined fire area (new and existing) does not meet the minimum fire flow required by Appendix B of the code.
Second buildings on the property, if less than 5 feet from existing, count as part of the existing structure.
Another thing that was talked about was the consistency in the licensure of installers as related to the installation of fire protection equipment.
The following Arizona Registrar of Contractor’s licensures will be required and accepted by Northwest Fire in regards to the installation of fire protection equipment and a certified installer must be on site for all intermediate and final inspections.
Install / Repair / Service Underground:
A, A-12, L-16, L-37, K-16, K-37, K-80, KA
CR Licenses: C-16, C-37, CR-16, CR-37, CR-8
Install / Repair / Service Aboveground, (Fire Sprinklers, Foam, Wet & Dry Chem, Standpipe, Halon & CO2):
L-16, K-16, C-16(Residential)
CR Licenses: C-16, CR-16, R-16
Fire Alarm & Detection Equipment:
Commercial: K-11, K-16, K-67, L-11, L-16, L-67
CR Licenses: CR-11, CR-16, CR-67, C-11, C-16
Residential: C-11, C-12, C-16, K-11, K-16, K-67
CR Licenses: R-11, R-16, CR-11, CR-16, CR-67
CR Licenses: C-16, CR-16
Install Only: (As Approved by Fire Marshal)
Breathing Air Devices:
C-4, C-16, C-37, C-74, C-77
Third party inspection reports are accepted. All records and reports shall be maintained on site for minimum of three years.
One of the many things NWFD is working on is getting together with local building officials to reach and take care of buildings that may have fallen through the cracks in terms of being compliant with fire code.
NWFD is working towards Co-Compliance & Co-Enforcement with the town of Marana.
Northwest Fire strives for open communication with members of their community. It is also their goal to ensure the safety & well-being of those in the community.
Here’s a bit of trivia for you… There are 6 to 7 field inspectors with NWFD.
NWFD fire inspectors are not meant to be quality control. They are there to make sure that fire prevention equipment is installed correctly. Often times, however, they end up being quality control inspection. This often times happens when pre-checks are not done or not done properly.
Another tidbit: Effective July 2016 – NWFD Will no longer provide plan reviews or construction inspections on behalf of Mountain Vista Fire Department, as MVFD will be taking over their own inspections.
As always, Stay Alert & Stay Safe.
Organized Chaos. That’s the phrase that comes to mind when I think of the crew at a fire station getting ready to head out on a run. The way it could possibly appear to a bystander watching the guys getting ready.
It’s been many years since I’ve been at a fire station when the tones have gone off, but I doubt that much has changed… When the tones go off, everything stops and there is that perception of organized chaos that follows. But, really, there is no chaos…because everyone knows exactly what his or her job is and what they need to be doing. Both at the fire station as they get ready and on scene…again each person knowing exactly what they need to be doing.
Response to The Daily Prompt: Chaos
Sometime back in mid-late February, maybe early March, I was looking at doing the April A-Z Challenge. I had a theme picked out – The History of the Fire Service – and I even started gathering some topics (with some help from a few guys that ate in the fire service). The bad news is that between everything going on and not having a computer to use, I’ve had to step down from doing the challenge this year… The good news – well there is none as far as this is concerned. I’m going to miss doing the challenge and sharing a bit about the History of the Fire Service. Who knows, maybe I’ll get to do a little bit if time allows.
Ever since I saw the word “confabulation” over on the facebook group “Situational Awareness Matters” (hosted and moderated by Dr. Richard Gasaway of SAMatters) I’ve been wanting to incorporate it into one of my Weekend Coffee Share/Safety Tip posts.
So, what do I talk about when I do my weekly “Coffee Share”?? – Well, I mostly write about things that (I hope) will help the folks out there that work in the field of Public Safety (Firefighters, Paramedics/EMTs, Police Officers, and other First Responders) to do there job in a safe manner.
Okay, so back to the word “confabulation“… What does the word even mean??
According to Mirriam Webster, the word has 3 meanings:
The one we are most concerned with here is the third meaning of the word “to fill in gaps in memory by fabrication”
So what is the difference between confabulation and straight out lying? Generally speaking, when a person lies they are making a conscious effort to do so in order to get out of getting into trouble. With Confabulation, there is not a conscious effort to lie but rather it is the brain trying to make sense of that which makes no sense or seems implausible.
Here is what I found via Wikepedia:
Confabulation (verb: confabulate) is a memory disturbance, defined as the production of fabricated, distorted or misinterpreted memories about oneself or the world, without the conscious intention to deceive.
Read this article by Dr. Richard Gasaway – Confabulation, It sounds better than lying.
To Confabulate is a relatively easy thing to do, without the intention of doing so. As I understand, one of the easiest times to fall prey to the risk of confabulation is under times of stress or during information overload. Both of which are in abundance when dealing with a full on Emergency (especially when you are in position of command and have (what must feel like) the weight of everything and everyone squarely on your shoulders.
So what can be done to combat the risk of confabulation? Dr. Gasaway gives a couple good tips at the end of his article “You Can’t Handle the Truth”
He starts out with this important tip:
“It’s important to understand your vulnerabilities. Awareness of your shortcomings is the first step toward managing them. Situational awareness is an important ingredient in managing this cognitive shortcoming.”
Basically, a big key to combating the risk of confabulation is to, first of all, be aware of the dangers of it happening. How does the saying go?? The first step to fixing a problem is recognizing that the problem exists in the first place. Once you are aware of the problem you can go about finding ways to fix it. I won’t go into a bunch of details here, but I believe one thing that would help (seeing as how stress and information overload are key factors) is to properly delegate to take some of the stress off. And, secondly, ask yourself – Did I really see/hear what I thought I did. Does it make sense in relation to all the information I am currently receiving. Often times, by asking yourself these questions, you will find that what you thought you saw or heard was not infact what actually happened.
Remember to Stay Alert, Stay Safe, and Stay Alive.
My thought for you this week – “It’s not always what you think”. Something to think about when dealing with patients is that the obvious is not always the answer. In fact this is true not only for first responders but for the general public as well
The person who is stumbling about and slurring there words may not be a drunk or a drug addict but someone who has low blood sugar or has had (or is in the process of having) a stroke.
A person who is agitated & hyperventilating may not necessarily be a someone who is in need of psychiatric evaluation but could be someone dealing with a respiratory or cardiac event.
Someone preventing with a dry, unproductive, non-stop cough but no signs of wheezing could, infact, have a form of asthma (cough-variant asthma).
The thing to remember is to not jump to the obvious as the answer. Take a step back and look at the big picture. Look at all the symptoms that are presenting, even the less obvious ones.
I’m writing this as a part of the Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Diane from Part Time Monster
I started doing these Coffee Shares a little while back but was having trouble knowing what to write. Quite honestly, I don’t get many opportunities to go to local events (partly it would help if I knew more about when and where they were, AND if I had a more reliable vehicle and gas money to go); And I certainly don’t get the chance to go to any of the conferences that take place throughout the United Sates (again, money and vehicle).
I think I’ve decided on something… Rather than doing the usual “Coffee Share” idea where I tell you what all has been going on (which as you can see above doesn’t leave me much to blog on), I’m going to pick a topic of safety (mainly geared towards those in Public Safety (Fire, EMS, Police). Share it at the “Kitchen Table” with your crew, discuss it…. I’d love to hear your thoughts and that of your crew.
So, on to the topic for this week:
Sharing the Responsibilities as an Emergency Incident Command Supervisor
Paraphrasing from Richard Gasaway’s book “Situational Awareness for Emergency Response” –
In Aviation, a commercial pilot does not fly the plane alone but with the help of at least a co-pilot and perhaps others (and that doesn’t include support outside the airplane, like Air Traffic Control). Why?? Because the responsibilities and stresses of the job are too difficult for one person to handle alone. The same is true when it comes to the Incident Command Supervisor. There are just too many things going on for one person to take in and keep track of – I don’t care how good you think you are.
Just as a side note, when you get an ego trip going and think you’re “that good” and can do it alone – Let me remind you that in doing so, you put the lives of your crew as well as civilians in danger.
As Incident Command Supervisor, you should utilize all available resources when it comes to taking in and keeping track of the big picture. Don’t get fixated in one area but rather (maybe) delegate to another who can then “report” back to you while you keep track of that “big picture”.
Let me know what your crew comes up with as you discuss this.
Remember all Safety First
Stay Alert, Stay Safe, and Stay Alive